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Desire2Learn 9.0

Course Tools: An Overview

There are a number of tools in Desire2Learn that can be used to enhance the course. The instructor determines which tools are available to the students. In this document, some commonly used course tools are described with their default names. To access these tools in your course, refer to Customizing the Navigation Bar.

This feature allows you to track student attendance. For more information, refer to The Attendance Tool: An Overview.

This feature allows students and instructors to interact together in real time. For more information on the Chat feature and synchronous chats, see Working with Chats.

Highlights important aspects of the course as a visual guideline for students.

Lists all users enrolled in the course and identifies which are currently online. The Classlist tool allows users to share information about themselves using the Profile or Homepage tools.

This feature allows the instructor to post content related to the course. Students can download the files (e.g., PowerPoint presentations) to complement the course. For more information, refer to Publishing Course Content.

This feature allows for asynchronous discussions; students do not have to be online at the same time to respond to each other. For more information, see Setting Up Discussions.

Using this feature, the instructor can have students submit their work online. Students upload their work in the Dropbox and the instructor can view it at their discretion. For more information, refer to Working with the Dropbox.

Desire2Learn users can email each other from within D2L. You can automatically address email to course members or instructors directly from the Address Book. Email generated through Desire2Learn is delivered to the email address recorded within Desire2Learn. For more information, refer to Sending Email in Desire2Learn.

This feature allows an instructor to publish a list of frequently asked questions related to the course content or policies.

Instructors can define terms related to the course. For more information, refer to Creating a Course Glossary.

This feature is an immediate feedback option to let students know their progress in the course. To determine what students see, refer to Setting Display Options.

This feature allows instructors to divide students into groups. For more information, refer to Working with Groups.

Allows the user to access help documentation created by Desire2Learn.

Import/Export/Copy Components
Allows the instructor to import, export, or copy existing course components. This is beneficial in creating a new D2L course without having to start from scratch.

This feature allows instructors to keep track of ideas and information they might want to use in class.
NOTE: Each D2L user can only see their own journal.

Adding links allows instructors to use information from outside of Desire2Learn to complement the course content. For more information, refer to Working with Links.

This tool provides an additional storage area for files. Files in this area can be made public or kept private. This is useful when working at multiple workstations.

News This feature allows the instructor to post items that all course users can see. Posting news is an ideal way to inform students about upcoming events, due dates, or corrections. For more information, refer to Working with News.

This feature allows instructors to evaluate students online. Different question formats can be applied and modified. For more information, refer to Creating a Quiz.

Schedule The Schedule (calendar) provides a central location for course and personal events, such as add/drop periods, exams, and personal appointments. For more information, refer to Using the Schedule.

This feature allows the instructor to collect instant feedback from students. This monitors trends and opinions of the users. The surveys can be collected anonymously. For more information refer to Creating Surveys.


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